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Lauren Henderson: Lauren Henderson

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It remains a not-uncommon inclination among neophyte jazz singers to favor style over substance. On her eponymous debut album, Lauren Henderson is guilty as charged. Her funkification of both “Skylark” and “Born to Be Blue,” along with her reinterpretation of “I Should Care” as a blithe swinger, accomplish nothing beyond the obfuscation of their lyrical essence. Blame it on her youth. Time and seasoning will hopefully rid Henderson of such habits, leaving in their wake the exceedingly warm and immensely promising vocalist who is evident across the balance of the album’s eight tracks.

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